From "Prepared" Fo-ti Root! Barlowe's Herbal Elixirs proudly offers a potent 20:1 Fo-Ti (Radix Polygoni Multiflori) Extract. The use of "Prepared" root results in an extract which is more effective. Fo-Ti (he shou wu) is the premiere longevity herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Twenty kilos of "Prepared" Fo-Ti root were utilized to produce one kilo of this powerful extract. The Fo-Ti Certificate of Analysis (COA) for this particular batch is shown above.
***These vegetable-derived capsules (Vegan, Kosher and Halal certified) are filled on slow speed equipment and only pure, unadulterated herbal extract is contained in the capsules. There are no magnesium stearates, fillers, flow agents, gelatin, silicates, gluten, corn, wheat, rice, yeast, starch, titanium dioxide, artificial colors, artificial flavors or preservatives. Capsules produced with high speed equipment in herbal and dietary supplement "factories" generally contain several other ingredients, including powdered lubricants called STEARATES (which can greatly diminish an herb or supplement's absorption into the body). Check their labels! Barlowe also bottles his products in glass as he believes chemical vapors can vent from plastic containers and contaminate the contents and that glass is better for the environment.
Fo-Ti has a long history of use in Chinese Traditional Medicine as a longevity tonic, to treat erectile dysfunction, to decrease discomfort of the liver and the kidney, and to keep the balance of a healthy human body. In China, Fo-Ti is called "He shou wu", which means "black-haired Mr. He". This name refers to a legend, written around 813 A.D. by LiAo, about an old villager named Mr. He who took Fo-Ti and restored his black hair, youthful appearance and vitality.
As it was thought by ancient Chinese that "the luster of hair is dependent on the function of the kidney", Fo-Ti has been widely used as a cosmetics both taken orally and externally to polish and blacken the hair. Bensky D, and Gamble A, Chinese Herbal Medicine: Materia Medica, 1993 rev. ed., Eastland Press, Seattle, WA; Huang Bingshan and Wang Yuxia, Thousand Formulas and Thousand Herbs of Traditional Chinese Medicine, vol. 1, 1993 Heilongjiang Education Press, Harbin. Fo Ti enhances immunity and acts as an anti-aging herb. Liu Zheng Cai, The Mystery of Longevity, 1990 Foreign Language Press, Beijing. It is widely used to nourish the blood, reproductive essence ('jing') and lubricative moisture ('yin') of the body. This 'moistening' approach is vital in many restorative or 'anti-aging' herbal combinations. In T.C.M., the brain, reproductive essence and bone marrow are all functions of the 'water element'.
This herb is also used to help hair retain its original color. Modern research indicates value in lowering cholesterol, liver dysfunctions, blood pressure, atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, and constipation. Smith FP and Stuart GA, Chinese Medicinal Herbs, 1973 Georgetown Press, San Francisco, CA. Pharmacology studies show that Fo-Ti Extract improves the cardiovascular system, enhances immune functions, slows the degeneration of glands, increases antioxidant activity, and reduces the accumulation of lipid peroxidation - all of which support its anti-aging effects. Such findings indicate that Fo-Ti is helpful in combating some of the processes that lead to conditions characteristic of old age, thereby also reducing the risk of fatal diseases and incidents (heart attack, stroke, etc.).
Fo-Ti has also been investigated to treat the premature graying of hair. Premature greying may arise from numerous causes. According to the English-Chinese Encyclopedia of Practical Traditional Chinese Medicine, premature greying is "mostly caused by deficiency of liver and kidney with subsequent failure of [blood to go up and nourish] the hair." Clinical tests have shown the effectiveness of Fo-Ti in treating premature greying. Chen Keji and Zhang Wenpeng, Advances on antiaging herbal medicines in China, Abstracts of Chinese Medicine 1987; 1(2): 309-330.
Caution: Barlowe's Fo-Ti Extract is generally safe, but it is potent and should be utilized with care. Do not take if you are suffering from diarrhea, as fo-ti may cause loose stools. This product is for dietary use. If side-effects occur, discontinue use immediately! The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Directions For Use: Take one capsule twice a day. Results and usage amounts may vary based on body type and weight.
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Fo-Ti "Prepared" Extract 20:1 PRICE: $13.95 for each 60 capsule bottle (550mg per vegi-capsule)